New Trustees Join VMI Foundation
On July 1, the VMI Foundation will welcome six new trustees: Thomas M. Boyd ’68, retired Army Lt. Gen. Richard A. Hack ’72, Kerry D. Kirk ’85, Brooke Pendleton, Gary J. Taylor ’75, and Elise G. Woodworth ’07.
Mr. Boyd, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm DLA Piper (US), has held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1988, he became an Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legislative Affairs and, in 1989, became the head of the Office of Policy Development. He received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department's highest honor. He also served on the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from 2007 to 2010. Listed by Chambers USA as a “National Leader” in Privacy Law, he is Counsel to the National Business Coalition on E-Commerce and Privacy. He also has written for a range of publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Southern Living. As a cadet, he was a history major, and he is a 1971 graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Law.
Lt. Gen. Hack, a career ordnance officer in the U.S. Army, held numerous posts in the Army—to include Commanding General of the 13th Corps Support Command and 21st Theater Support Command. He retired as Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, Army Materiel Command. Since his retirement, he has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Principal, KBR as as a Senior Vice President, and the Vice President of Operations for the Fluor Government Group, Fluor Corporation. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology, and he is a graduate of the Army Command & General Staff College and Army War College. He is a member of the U.S. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame and currently is the Honorary Colonel of the Ordnance Regiment.
Mr. Kirk is a Managing Director in the Global Investment Services Group of Cambridge Associates, LLC. A Distinguished Graduate of VMI who double majored in History and English, he served eight years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps with infantry and force service support units. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. Long involved in supporting VMI, he co-founded the Class of 1985 Memorial Scholarship and served as the chairman of his Class’s 20th Reunion. He currently is a member of the Board of Governors of the Friends of Preston Library.
Brooke Pendleton, the daughter of James Hume, Jr. ’42 and Corbin Crafford Hume, graduated with distinction from Mary Baldwin College in 1971. She also was a graduate student at Emory University and is a 1978 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. She specialized in commercial real estate law with the Atlanta, Georgia firm of Long and Aldridge. Active in civic and charitable causes, she has worked on various committees addressing issues of child welfare and protection in the Atlanta area.
Gary J. Taylor ’75 is a Principal Consultant at ENext Consulting, LLC. He has a long career in nuclear engineering, working for such firms as Long Island Lighting Company and Babcock & Wilcox before joining South Carolina Electric & Gas Company as a reactor engineer in 1981. He became that company’s general manager of plant operations in 1992 and, in 1995, its vice president and chief nuclear officer. He joined Entergy Nuclear as the chief operating officer of its South region in 2000. Later served as CEO and chief nuclear officer of Entergy’s nuclear businesses and, in 2007, became the group president of Entergy’s Utility Operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from VMI and Master of Science degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. Mr. Taylor also completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Senior Nuclear Plant Management course. A board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he chaired its Energy, Clean Air and Natural Resources Committee. Other board service includes United Way of Greater New Orleans, the Nuclear Energy Institute, INPO, and American Nuclear Society. He is a member of the National Physics Honor Society.
Elise G. Woodworth ’07 is an independent leadership and management consultant and trainer. She has worked in a program manager with Acquisition, Research, & Logistics (ARL), Inc., providing support to the Department of Homeland Security. Mrs. Woodworth also served as a Logistics Officer in the U.S. Air Force and deployed overseas. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from VMI, and, as a cadet, she was active in Air Force ROTC unit, cross-country and track, cheerleading, the Newman Club, and the VMI Theater. She also served as a corporal, color sergeant, and S-7 lieutenant in the Corps of Cadets. She has earned a Masters of Business Administration from Capella University, focused in Project Management, and she is a member of The Institute Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Toastmasters.